The Bonus Payment was added to the Operations feature on Decemeber 1st of 2010 . A Bonus Payment will randomly drop when you fully master a Operations job. You then have the option to send it to your mafia. When we are gifted a Bonus Payment, it shows up as a Mystery Bonus in our ZMC.
Many have reported that the Mystery Bonuses won’t open and I was able to verify this. When you click on the “Accept Bonus and Thank” button or the “Accept Bonus” link, the gift isn’t opened and you get the same message telling you “Open it to see what’s inside!”.
To make it worse, the Mystery Bonus gets bounced back to your ZMC as an unopened item and the cycle will repeat itself until it gets bumped out of your ZMC by other requests.
This wouldn’t be such a bad thing but Mystery Bonus gifts contain things we want like energy bonuses, +1 attack point, +1 defense points and Victory Coins .
Image from the Mafia Wars Wiki Bonus Payment Page
Operations are pretty much a dead feature. Zynga hasn’t updated it or the loot since June of last year . The only benefit is that helping on an Operation gives you 4 points on the Helper category of Family Progression. Operations are a distraction and game interrupter for those of us who choose to ignore them. You get a popup while doing jobs. This one was taken today and check out the loot score on the Brown Cancer Crab!
Closing the popup involves more than just clicking on the X. When you do, you have to deal with a Confirmation Screen and click the “remove” button. If you decide to start the Operation to avoid this, it’s even worse because clicking on the “Start Operation” button redirects you to the Operations Page. You can refresh the game by clicking on F5 to get rid of the popup and go back to doing jobs but most players wouldn’t know this. Zynga should update or remove the feature.
Thanks to Rick Jaaymes for posting on the fan page. I now know why I’ve had so many Mystery Bonuses in my ZMC!